Thursday, May 24, 2007
There are days when I feel like all I do is eat! I've been planning my meals a day ahead, sometimes packing breakfast, lunch AND dinner to take into the city on those days when my schedule is particularly full. In order to eat everything I've brought with me, I find myself eating during just about every break. If I skipped a meal, my calorie total wouldn't add up to 1200. This is making me aware of how my eating habits were before SP...running on empty, filling up on not-so-healthy stuff, eating too many snacks in the evening.
Sometimes it feels like all I'm doing is working and eating, working and eating, then I get home, post in my nutrition and fitness record, then start preparing my meals for the next day! But I'm thankful that I'm not hungry because I imagine there will be days and phases where I am.
Monday, May 21, 2007
I lost three more pounds. So happy to see that scale move after last week's standstill! Inches haven't changed much.
The best is that I fit into my navy blue suit so I can wear it to the church conference this weekend. I haven't worn it in about 4 years, so it's a good thing that it's a classic style! And I also tried a pair of jeans that I haven't worn in about 4 years and they almost fit. There are still some little fat rolls that pooch out above the waist. Guess I need to keep working on those crunches!
While trying on clothes this morning, I was finding it difficult to release some of the bigger-sized things that really don't fit anymore - and that I don't ever want to fit in again. There is one skirt that I might have altered. But I want to trust God to help me continue down this path. It's just starting to dawn on me that these healthier choices add up to a change for life. This lifestyle will continue even after the needle on the scale shows my goal weight.
Friday, May 18, 2007
That's what they call these days that are between a holiday (yesterday's Ascension Day) and a weekend. Lots of people take a vacation day to make a long weekend of it. Probably for that reason, the fitness studio was really empty today and that was kind of nice. I had my choice of elliptical trainers and treadmills, and, when I moved on to circle training, I was the only one using the machines! I had also loaded my MP3 player with some new worship music - very motivating. It's not often that I have a whole afternoon to work out, so I really enjoyed the time today, and burned over 500 calories to boot. (Thanks, Lord!)
Monday, May 14, 2007
I got on and off the scale about 5 times! Put on my glasses and checked again! Checked to see if the scale was adjusted right! But the needle still didn't move from the 69 kilo mark! I had always heard about the plateau, but this one really surprised me because I did so well keeping to plan all week last week. The only thing I didn't do right was get enough sleep on a couple of nights. Can that really make such a big difference?
So, I've read the various articles on SP about what to do when you hit a plateau and I'm going to surprise my bod with some extra cardio this week and see if that helps. I'm not too discouraged because my clothes are fitting better, I did release another inch from my waist...still riding high on the 3-lb weight loss from last week, too.
And, I finally started prayer journaling again yesterday. First time since February.
Friday, May 11, 2007
This week has gone well. I've been consistent in meeting my goals, and flying high on the fact that I actually lost 3 pounds last week. Still, there was a good post on SP that talked about focusing, not on the losses, but on the GAINS. I've gained a better body image, more flexibility, muscle tone and strength, But I'm not just my body image improve, but my skin feels and looks better, and I have more energy. I'll also be gaining BACK some wardrobe items (like that nice navy suit) that are still a bit too tight.
Even better than all those gains is the JOY in feeling closer to the Lord because I'm leaning more on him to help me make all those little decisions that come up each day: resisting temptations, negative thoughts and choosing the healthy way. What a good friend he is!
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